Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen have announced that the City of Atlanta has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to transfer deeds for 50 properties to the school system.

The mayor’s office said it would submit an ordinance to the Atlanta City Council to authorize transfer of the quitclaim deeds, without restriction or condition. The council is expected to take up the ordinance at its Feb. 5 meeting.

“During my inaugural address I announced my administration’s commitment to partner with Atlanta Public Schools on our shared priorities of high-quality public education for all our children and creating access to affordable housing for all our city’s families,” said  Bottoms in a statement.

“Mayor Bottoms’ action introducing legislation to quit claim the remaining deeds to Atlanta Public Schools’ properties signals the beginning of a new and positive partnership with the city,” said Carstarphen.

In the coming weeks, the city and APS will work together to address a handful of remaining properties which need additional legal review.

The move by Bottoms administration brings to a close a long simmering court battle after former Mayor Kasim Reed refused to turn over the school properties to APS, which wants to sell them to developers to strengthen its coffers. Reed wanted assurances that the properties would include affordable housing units.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.